The Serial Killer’s Wife by Alice Hunter

4 Stars from me

Well well well, some people really know what they want in life don’t they! And for sure, Beth Hardcastle is one determined lady. She’s settled in to a small town community and established a thriving business, she’s got a lovely little girl ‘perfect Poppy’ who is doing well at a local school, she employs staff and her business is at the heart of the community for functions – the perfect way to meet people and make friends. She has a loving, loyal, hard working husband. She is making friends and fast establishing herself into a tight knit world.

She’s got it all. Hasn’t she?

One night it all gets upended when the police arrive to talk to her husband about a murder. I found her reactions to this a little odd at the time – was that how I would react? Hard to tell I guess isn’t it.

But as I read on I found things really didn’t seem to sit right with how Beth was behaving… I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone so this is tricky both Beth and Adam’s behaviour didn’t sit right for me.

I loved the boozy friend, felt a bit sorry for the solicitor (and the murder victims, obvs) and very sorry for Poppy… not sure the future bodes well for that one. She’s the subject of a future book when she’s all grown up I hope!

Overall, a light fast read, don’t overthink it just enjoy the ride!

Blurb: They’re saying he’s a monster. And they’re saying she knew.

Beth and Tom Hardcastle are the envy of their neighbourhood – they have the perfect marriage, the perfect house, the perfect family.

When the police knock on their door one evening, Beth panics. Tom should be back from work by now – what if he’s crashed his car? She fears the worst.

But the worst is beyond imagining.

As the interrogation begins, Beth will find herself questioning everything she believed about her husband.

They’re husband and wife – till death do them part…

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